I woke up around 3:00 a.m. this morning after about 4-1/2 hours of sleep. As I was hovering in that semi-conscious state between awake and asleep my mind became filled with negative thoughts and images -- panicking in the water, bike breaking down, bonking on the run. It's funny how the mind works at night. So irrational. And yet the thoughts and images seem so real. Finally I snapped out of it and consciously began replacing the negative thoughts with positive ones -- finishing the swim, cruising on my bike, crossing the finish line.
It's 5:30 a.m. and all my gear is packed and ready to go so I thought I'd post one more time. By the time you read this I will probably be in the water, on my bike or running through the beautiful vineyards of Northern California. Face west and send positive thoughts my way. I have been bouyed by the support and encouragement of all of you. I am so thankful for my circle of family and friends and look forward to seeing each of you soon and trying to describe the feeling of crossing the finish line.
That's why I do this. Crossing the finish line, cresting the summit of Independence Pass, riding up to the St. Louis Arch after a four-day, 400-mile trek across Missouri. Setting a goal and reaching it. It's a great feeling.